By Melissa Bendayan
We hear a lot (unfortunately) about sexual harassment in STEM. But there is also more subtle sexism present in these fields. Check out this articlein Nature this week about sexist microagressions in science.
Women returning to the workplace
Many tech companies are tapping into an underrated talent pool: women returning to work after taking time off.
Trouble for Theranos
Theranos, the health start-up started by Elizabeth Holmes, is standing by its founder despite investigations into its technology. The company claims it can run tests using a small amount of blood from a person’s finger, but investigators say they used traditional machines to fudge their data.
Karlie Kloss, better known for being a supermodel, has established a coding scholarship for young girls ages 13-18. She talksin this interview about why she got into coding and how she’s uses it in the modelling world.
Even as the number of women in STEM fields increase, they aren't getting many entry-level jobs in the tech industry. This article postulates that it isn’t a problem with the ‘pipeline’ but instead with tech culture.
Collaboration is key
In order to generate the next generation of women in STEM, experts say one of the solutions is to start early. When teachers in elementary and high school encourage girls in science and math and act as positive role models, they are more likely to stay in the field and pursue a STEM degree.
‘Lab Girl’ by Hope Jahren, a geobiologist, came out this week. Her memoir talks about her research, how real science gets done and her love for plants. Neat! Check out a review of the NYT bestseller here
About the Author
Melissa Bendayan is a Masters student in Experimental Medicine at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She is studying the effect of muscle mass on the pharmacokinetics of anticoagulants in frail older adults. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Physiology, also from McGill. She enjoys muay thai, reading books before they become movies, watching a lot of bad TV and is addicted to coffee.
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